Last year, the Blackpool skyline was plunged into unseasonal darkness, as the Illuminations were switched off for the first time in over eighty years. 

This year, the greatest free light show on Earth is back to take centre stage once again!

A highlight of the seaside resort’s varied events calendar, the Blackpool Illuminations are a visual spectacular that will drape the promenade in bright florescent light from 3rd September through until the 3rd January 2022!

The Empress Ballroom won't be the only venue in Blackpool where you can trip the light(s) fantastic this Winter!


The Illuminations is the world-famous annual lights festival that has emblazoned Blackpool’s skyline for over a century.

This year the illuminations will burn brighter and longer than ever, as they continue to shine long after everyone has finished their annual rendition of Auld Lang Syne!

Come rain or shine, join us on the Promenade and experience the wonder of Blackpool's iconic neon display.


This year’s grand Illuminations Switch-On will be staged in the world-famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom for the very first time!

Switch-On Stars invariably have an iconic status that speaks to the Blackpool Illuminations’ global significance. This year’s Switch-On Star is “The Queen of Latin” and head Strictly judge, Shirley Ballas, who returns to the spiritual home of ballroom dancing to mark the start of a four-month extended Illuminations season in style!

The Switch-On will also feature performances from 2020’s biggest breakthrough artist, KSI, plus special guests Digital Farm Animals and S-X. 


Created in 2016, The Lightpool Festival celebrates the Illuminations by inviting contemporary light and fire artists to Blackpool for a technicolour showcase during the October Half Term.

Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, Lightpool Festival 2021 will run between 15th and 30th October and feature a dazzling programme of installations, 3D projections and art trails that highlight Blackpool’s affinity with light.


Everyone loves to “be beside the seaside"; no matter what the weather. Why not get your family & friends together and come along to the Best Western Carlton Hotel, Blackpool in the UK’s No. 1 holiday resort.

To book, call 01253 628966


The Carlton will also be embracing the bright lights of Blackpool’s premier light show once again.

The hotel’s innovative Illuminations display, created by renowned home-style consultant Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen comprising a series of contemporary sculptures, is fast becoming a feature of the seaside’s most iconic annual festival and makes a welcome return following its induction in 2017.

The display is a pioneering installation and the Carlton is proud to be the first Blackpool hotel to participate in the illuminations. 

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